The polar star, located at the end of the small ladle, is a faithful friend of travelers and sailors.
It was also the guiding star that brought the slaves north, fleeing the injustice and brutality of the Southern plantations.
Old folk songs were created about the star and how to “follow the drinking gourd” to freedom.
Loyalty can be a difficult word to describe.
Loyalty is demonstrated in many ways by people who use their time, talents, and resources to care for others and invest in their lives.
Loyalty is demonstrated when we do what we say, present and do our best. This is when great things can happen.
This week I have had the opportunity to see loyalty in several remarkable ways. I traveled with a good friend who looked after his wife for the last days of his life.
We sat for many hours with tears streaming down, we talked, and he shared his journey and how God has been so faithful to them despite the many medical challenges.
Faithfulness is seen in the way God intervened in their lives.
Fidelity was constantly demonstrated through this remarkable couple who were always there for each other. It was their friendship with each other and ultimately with God that brought them to fruition.
The character of God is faithfulness; He will always do what he promises. We can trust Him and have faith – He is our pole star.
I sat at the Kelowna General Hospital for four days and witnessed the pace of loyalty at work. I observed the loyalty of the dedicated staff, day and night, and how compassionate, kind and helpful they were.
The nurses who spoke kind words and the volunteers who volunteered their time when you entered the main entrance to check in. food containers.
Fidelity was witnessed as our faith community prayed for the family on dark nights, sending messages of encouragement and keeping the family close.
All this under such difficult circumstances of a pandemic.
I am grateful for such a loyal place that provides support and care to our community.
I am grateful to Christ, who is an ever-faithful friend. It’s not a shooting star that comes and goes like so many new spiritual ideas, no,
He is our rock, our place of safety.
Be encouraged by this verse today: “Because of the great love of the Lord we are not consumed, for his mercies never fail. They are new every morning; great is your fidelity. – Lamentations 3: 22-23.
Phil Collins is a pastor at Willow Park Church in Kelowna.